As one of the most world-renowned cities in North America, and with so many places to explore, Chicago itself hardly needs an introduction. This vast major city is home to anything and everything a visitor could possibly want from a major American city. Diverse cultures bring a variety of restaurants to the city nestled up against astounding waterfronts full of attractions for all ages, with a staggering skyline of the building which makes up the historically rich city of Chicago.

The skyline is perhaps one of the most endearing features there, and the increasingly popular concept of rooftop bars has become one of the best ways to enjoy it. With this trend only continuing to rise, it can be tricky to find out which are worth a visit. This list of some of the greatest rooftop bars will help visitors and locals decide on the right place when seeking some of the best views of Chicago with a drink in hand.

10 Cindy's

Cindy's makes for an ideal introduction to Chicago for anyone visiting for the first time as it provides visitors with a full view of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan, yet also offers a casually comfortable yet upscale-feeling environment for dates, meetings, or simply relaxing.

This bar is located above the Chicago Athletic Association hotel, and also features non-alcoholic takes on their finely-crafted cocktails.

9 Aba

Top-notch cocktails along with contemporary Mediterranean dishes amid a lush atrium of potted plants and trees make for a unique vibe at Aba.

The glass vaulted ceiling of the area is adorned with globe lamps that extend downward to bring life to the room while seasonal drinks heavily based on fruit and vegetables are being prepared.

Group-sized cocktails, wines sold by the bottle, and a variety of sharable dishes make this an exceptional spot for groups.

8 Gene's Sausage Shop And Delicatessen

Gene's Sausage Shop and Delicatessen opens its rooftop beer and wine garden to guests from lunchtime to early evening on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Enthusiasts of European beers will especially feel at home at this rooftop bar that serves up brats, pretzels, Polish sausages, and similar cuisine from its wood grill.

7 Offshore

Offshore, located at the famous Navy Pier, is an obligatory inclusion in all Chicago rooftop bar lists as it boasts its status as the world's largest rooftop bar.

Spanning 36,000 square feet, visitors have plenty of room to stretch their legs and let loose with an outstanding cocktail next to a fire pit, dine on some oysters, and occasionally catch live entertainment with some of the best views of Chicago.

6 Selva

One of Chicago's newest establishments, Selva, is spicing up the rooftop bar scene with its largely Mexican-focused selections of drinks and cuisine.

Patrons here can indulge in some of the finest flavors of Mexico that can be found in Fulton Market at this bar located atop The Emily Hotel. The must-try cocktail here is the Batanga consisting of Corazon Blanco tequila accompanied by lime, a salted rim, and Mexican coke.

5 Whiskey Business

Whiskey business is a top choice for those seeking a super casual night out while still offering a respectable selection of whiskey.

A night at Whiskey Business feels more like a backyard party at a friend's house under colorful string lights and surrounded by games and entertainment. Plus, they have movie nights every Monday night.

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4 Z Bar

When you walk inside The Peninsula Hotel's elegant Z Bar, it's hard not to feel impressed. The menu is filled with vibrant, internationally-inspired snacks and shared plates like daikon frites with Chinese lap cheong, chicken karaage, and tuna tartare with mango and yuzu.

The cocktails match the upscale expectations of the scenery and drink options also include alcohol-free mocktails, teas, and craft sodas.

3 Cabra

The latest effort by Top Chef star Stephanie Izard shows off her appreciation for the culinary delights of Peru.

Those seeking some exotic flare to accompany their Chicago outing should visit as soon as possible to bask in the flavorful glory that is Peruvian ceviche and tiraditos. Reservations including brunch options on Saturday and Sunday can easily be made on their website.

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2 Cerise Rooftop

At this rooftop bar and restaurant in Virgin Hotels Chicago, take in the magnificent view of the skyline with the distant rumbling of the L train.

This is a chance to see some of Sir Richard Branson's inventive work firsthand in a warm setting with some of the best views of the Loop.

The place tends to be quite full on Fridays and Saturdays when live DJs are on site, so consider a reservation for weekend visits.

1 The Rooftop At Nobu Hotel

This exquisite hotel and rooftop are the most recent additions to Chicago's renowned "Restaurant Row," a prominent stretch of some of the city's most coveted eating and drinking spots.

The menu from renowned sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa complements the Japanese-inspired aesthetic of the place's green plants and low wooden furniture featuring the usual breathtaking backdrop of Chicago's skyline.